UC San Diego Gets Big Picture with ‘OptIPortable’ Video Walls

[From the article: “The new Vroom video wall has enabled our
researchers and their students to take their collaboration capability to a new
level and has challenged them to explore new areas of information technology
with a completely immersive mixed media environment,” said Thomas DeFanti,
director of visualization for Calit2.

Calit2,
which brings together technology research with a focus on applications, refers
to these wall-sized visualization facilities or clusters as
“OptIPortables.” First installed in March 2010 at UCSD using 32 NEC X462UN displays
and then elsewhere at its partner institutions around the world, the Institute
uses the video walls to allow simultaneous video conferencing and visualization
of large-sized data sets. …According to DeFanti, NEC displays have been used
because “they consistently offered the narrowest bezels we could purchase
at the time, a critical issue for viewing super-high-resolution imagery.”
Also, he added, NEC has displays in the sizes the Institute needs. More
recently, the display shopping list has added the requirements of LED
backlighting and 2D and 3D collaboration capabilities.]
UC San Diego
Gets Big Picture with ‘OptIPortable’ Video Walls

The University of California,
San Diego (UCSD) has decided that more and bigger is better, especially for
immersive experiences. The university is building out its collection of virtual
rooms that use multiple large-screens for visualization.

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Amazon announces Kindle Fire tablet for $199

Amazon announces Kindle Fire tablet for $199 (runs on Android)
USA Today – ‎37 minutes ago‎

Amazon has confirmed it is entering the tablet business, unveiling the Kindle Fire at a press event in New York on Wednesday. The device will include a 7-inch color display, Wi-Fi support, weigh 14.6 ounces and run on …

See also announcement of 2 new, additional Kindles (Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G) at http://www.amazon.com/

Princeton bans academics from handing all copyright to journal publishers

Princeton
bans academics from handing all copyright to journal publishers

By
Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation, September 28, 2011.

http://tinyurl.com/3orpfva

 

“Prestigious
US academic institution Princeton University has banned researchers from giving
the copyright of scholarly articles to journal publishers, except in certain
cases where a waiver may be granted. The new rule is part of an Open Access
policy aimed at broadening the reach of their scholarly work and encouraging
publishers to adjust standard contracts that commonly require exclusive
copyright as a condition of publication.”

Repair nerves using lasers

[From
the article
: In their study published today, Tuesday 20 September, in IOP
Publishing’s journal Biofabrication, researchers used lasers to create
intricate scaffolds, with features one thousand times smaller than a
millimetre, and demonstrated their ability to effectively harness the growth of
neuronal cells. The repairing of neural tissue – for example peripheral nerves,
spinal cord and the brain – has long been investigated using a technique known
as tissue engineering and is now becoming a realistic treatment as technology
advances.]

Lasers
Light The Path To Neuron Regeneration

September 22, 2011

 

 

Source for full article: http://www.photonicsonline.com/article.mvc/Lasers-Light-The-Path-To-Neuron-Regeneration-0001?sectionCode=News&templateCode=EnhancedStandard&user=2013325&source=nl:32003

MEASURING CONTENT QUALITY IN A PRESERVATION REPOSITORY: HATHITRUST AND LARGE-SCALE BOOK DIGITIZATION

7th International Conference on Preservation of
Digital Objects (September 19-24, 2010; Vienna, Austria)

Source: http://www.ifs.tuwien.ac.at/dp/ipres2010/papers/conway-20.pdf

 

MEASURING CONTENT QUALITY IN A PRESERVATION

REPOSITORY: HATHITRUST AND LARGE-SCALE BOOK

DIGITIZATION

Paul Conway

(8 pages)

An open letter to J.R. Salamanca

[The work in
question (The Lost Country, by J.R. Salamanca) appeared on a Hathi Trust
listing of orphaned works that were scheduled to be made available to the
public. The Author’s Guild, which is suing the Hathi Trust, determined that the
author was still very much alive and available, and did not want his work
freely distributed.]

 

[From the
article
[Kevin Smith is Duke University’s Scholarly Communications
Officer]: Your “case,” if I can call it that,
illustrates two things.  First, that the process of identifying orphan
works in the Hathi corpus needs to be tested and refined, which Hathi is
committed to doing.  Second, in the rare instance like yours where the
process actually turns up an author who does still own copyright, the rational
course for that author is to embrace the mission of Hathi and of libraries
everywhere of connecting books with readers, and to exercise their right to
make their book(s) fully viewable.  Please believe me, that is a much
better option than having a book live out its term of copyright on
hard-to-access shelves in high-density storage.]

 

An
open letter to J.R. Salamanca

By Kevin Smith, J.D. On September 16, 2011

Source: http://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2011/09/16/an-open-letter-to-j-r-salamanca/

The Hathi Trust IS Our National Digital Library

For the complete article: http://blog.libraryjournal.com/tennantdigitallibraries/2010/11/19/the-hathi-trust-is-our-national-digital-library/

 

Roy Tennant:

But for my money, the Hathi Trust
is the closest thing we have to a National Digital Library, and it’s fairly
close from a variety of perspectives:

  • It
    has the goods.
    There are now well over 7 million volumes (and over
    4 million book titles) in the Hathi Trust collection. And it continues to grow.
  • It
    has the vision.
    See the Hathi Trust mission and goals.
  • It
    has the technical chops
    . See this.
  • It’s
    working on the governance.
    In a recent press release,
    a “constitutional convention” was announced for 2011 at which the members “will
    define HathiTrust’s next phase of governance and shape future directions for
    the partnership.”

 

Note: There is considerable commentary on this article worth
reading.